The Funky Biscuit Presents
Biscuit Jam With Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & The Funky Biscuit All Stars Featuring Betty Padgett & Bobby Nathan
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Mark Telesca is an American Songwriter / Singer / Guitarist and Bassist. He studied music at Florida Atlantic University and currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.
His “HOOK” oriented songwriting style and storytelling lyrics along with his expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of music lovers everywhere.
Mark has released his first solo studio CD titled “Heavy Breathing” in January of 2015. His CD spent many months on steady rotation on SIRIUSXM RADIO (Bluesville). The CD is receiving rave reviews and reached the #5 spot on "Blues Power Radio's Top 30" Blues Albums. He has had three singles off the Heavy Breathing CD that has charted on Blues 411 Baker's Dozen of Blues. "If You Got Enough Jack" has reached #5 " Cross the Dog" has reached #2 and "I Don't Need Your Lovin' Anymore" has reached #1 !!!
In January 2015, Mark took his band to Memphis, TN to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and were semi finalists.
Mark has also started a career playing solo acoustic guitar focusing on Pre-WWII blues, Americana and his own original music. He has since competed in his local IBC challenge as a solo artist. He has been fortunate enough to win himself another spot in to compete again in Memphis in January 2016 and will be competing again in 2017.
Mark is very proud to be endorsed by Delaney Guitars. Delaney Guitars has built the Mark Telesca Bass Model. They are calling the bass the "TRADITION" model based on its traditional looks, feel and sound. It is currently available for purchase www.delaneyguitars.com
Mark is out gigging almost every night promoting his music. In addition to his hectic gigging schedule, he is the host of one of the most popular Pro Blues Jams in the Southeast. The Jam takes place every Monday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. There are many touring artist who make it a point to spend some extra time in sunny Florida just to attend and hopefully participate in this high quality Jam.
As well as being a songwriter, singer, guitarist, and band leader, Mark is a touring bassist supporting many blues / rock artists. He is currently touring with “Blue Mercy” Featuring 2014 Blues Music Award winner and 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee Diunna Greenleaf.
Mark was the bassist along with 2010 Blues Music Award Winner and 2015 Grammy Winner Jason Ricci on Harmonica in The Keith Brown Trio. They later recorded Keith’s album “Down the Line” an acoustic album.
Influences are: The Delta Blues, Gospel Music and Motown.
Bass influences are James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Oteil Burbridge, Willie Weeks ... Just to name a few.
Although sweet-voiced South Florida R&B diva Betty Padgett has been an active performer and sporadic recording artist for decades, she's made only scarce and fleeting impressions on the radar of even devoted soul and funk aficionados, at least until recently. Born in Newport, NJ, and raised in Florida from sixth grade onward, she followed the well-worn path from church choir to concert stage. Immersing herself in the booming Florida funk scene of the early '70s, she started an all-female group, Betty & the Q's, and signed on in 1971 with a Fort Lauderdale funk outfit, Joey Gilmore & the T.C.B. Express, with whom she would tour, locally and internationally, for the next 17 years. After a hometown gig in 1974, she was approached by local soul legend Milton Wright, who helped launch her solo career by co-writing and arranging the material that would become her debut LP, recorded in a single evening when Padgett was a mere 21 years old. The resulting album was a surprisingly mature and accomplished mix of mellow soul, uptempo funk, and sultry steady-rocking reggae, but the standout cut was "Sugar Daddy," a two-part disco groover that was pressed as a 12" and became sizable regional hit, featured in a Pepsi commercial and reaching at least as far as Belize, where Padgett toured in support of the album. Nevertheless, the album (alternately referred to by the name of its single and its singer) was not a great success, and Padgett remained largely confined to the regional circuit, where she would ride out the disco era and beyond, sharing stages with the likes of Gwen McRae, Joe Tex, Denise LaSalle, and Bobby Bland, releasing albums only intermittently — 1981's disco-fied Sweet Feeling, 1998's 30 Second Man, 2004's Closet Lover, and 2006's Never Coming Home — over the ensuing decades. Curiously enough, history caught up with Padgett in 2009, when groove-oriented label Luv N' Haight decided to reissue her first record (and the "Sugar Daddy" 12") after it was "discovered" by a crate-digging L.A. DJ, thereby giving the album its first high-profile, national release. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi
In 1993 Bobby formed the Bobby Nathan Blues Band a nine piece band playing sizzling Texas rock and blues in the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn but with a horn section. He recorded his First Album “I’m Ready” during a major snow storm in New York. The band features the following musicians: Glen Wyka on drums (Tommy James), Rusty Cloud on piano (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), Jan Mulaney on Hammond B-3 organ, Arno Hecht – Tenor Sax, Larry Etkin – Trumpet, Crispin Cioe – Alto, Bob Funk – Trombone of the Uptown Horns (Rolling Stones World Tour), Baraon Raymonde on Alto too!, Bob Cleary on bass guitar (Memphis Soul Review). Special guests inclued – Kenny Aaronson on Lap Steel, Rob Papparosi on Harp, and Frank Gravis on Bass. And of couse, Bobby Nathan on guitar and vocals.
Bobby continued to play around the New York City Area and always has NYC’s top players in his band. Bobby Nathan, native New Yorker began playing Guitar in 1959. His early bands played at School, Temple and Church dances. What to expect – Bobby was age 11. These gigs continued all through High School. In 1965 Bobby played his first entire Summer at Carteret Club next door to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ with his band The “Pipers”.
All through the seventies, Bobby toured the States with his now wife Joanne Georgio in the band called “Strawberry” playing Top 40 at clubs up and down the eastern seacoast. Strawberry was very popular on the Jersey shore especially The Colonel’s Garter, The Playpen, The Headliner and The Bamboo Bar. Strawberry worked through Norby Walters Agency and also backed up The Angels, The Chiffons, The Crystals, Dion and the Belmonts and many others. The band became the house band at New York’s Max’s Kansas City in 1974.
In 1976 Bobby formed the band Uptown and played all the disco clubs including The 2001 Disco Club during the Saturday Night Disco Fever days. Unique became the house band at New York’s Disco Sally’s Club at 55th and Seventh Avenue. His next band “Unique” continued to back known disco artists such as Gloria Gaynor, Carol Douglas, and Musique.
In 1979 Bobby and his partner/wife Joanne opened Unique Recording Studios in New York City. Immediately hit records were pouring out of the studio which set the trend for the sounds of the 80’s. Hip hop music was co-invented and co-created at Unique Recording Studios. Artists such as Soul Sonic Force, Planet Patrol, New Edition, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, The System, Shannon, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Dianna Ross, LaToya Jackson, Engelburt Humperdinck recorded there!
In 1983, Bobby opened the worlds first Midi recording studio known as Midi City. This engraved the trend for all music recorded today. Bobby worked as a consultant for Yamaha for the entire DX synthesizer line including the DX-7. He was the first to promote sampling and worked tediously building sound libraries for Emu Systems Emulator and Emulator II. Bobby was the first to sample James Brown’s screams and Led Zeppelin’s drums into a sample. Bobby was also a columnist for Keyboard Magazine, Mix Magazine and Record Engineer and Producer Magazine and his articles on Midi are still being published today in book form.
As the Midi reputation grew so did the clientele that came to Unique. Bobby has had the pleasure to work with the following artists at Unique and his name can be found on most album credits: Steve Winwood, Michael McDonald, Joe Cocker, Run DMC, LL Kool J, Anita Baker, Madonna, Bel Biv Devoe, Stevie Nicks, New Kids on the Blocks, Mariah Carey, C & C Music Factory, David Sanborn, Paul Schaffer, Billy Crystal, Victoria Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Little Steven, Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, Janet Jackson, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Joe Public, Billy Ocean, Donna Summer, Shenna Easton, James Ingram, Michael Bolton, Don Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Patrick Moraz, Billy Idol, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Shabba Ranks, Queen, Arrowsmith, Motley Crew, Heavy D & The Boyz, Duran Duran, Kiss, Prince, Depeche Mode, Living Colour and the list goes on and on. See www.Unique Recording Studios.com
In 1990 Bobby formed a group called Total Recall a nine piece group made up of many of the studio musicians who have recorded at the studio and began playing clubs in the New York City area.
In 1991 Bobby formed The Memphis Soul Review a group that recreated the sound of the late 60’s – early 70’s R & B music featuring songs of Aretha, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Isley Brothers, and more. The band hosted the pro jam at the China Club and has had the pleasure of performing with the following artists or some of their bandmates: Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, John Waite, Slash, Gregg Alllman, 10,000 Maniacs, Darlene Love, Tower of Power, Bruce Willis, Rick James, Vanilla Fudge, Cher, Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Paul Schafer, Billy Preston, Jr. Walker, Snow, Black Sabbath and others. The band was very active in playing clubs in the New York area such as LeBarBat, Manny’s Car Wash, Lone Star Roadhouse and in the Hamptons at Stephen’s Talkhouse, The China Club, C.P.I. and Summers.
Richie Schmidt was born and raised in NYC, and was surrounded by musical influences from an early age. Singing in his church's “cherub” choir at age 5, he would follow on to the junior and adult choirs. From grade 2 to 6 he took violin lessons (at public school!). And when the church began to experiment with the new “folk” music style that was becoming popular, he began playing guitar. Some formal lessons followed at the local music store, and the guitar became a constant companion.
With his transistor radio (tuned to WABC), he began listening and learning the songs of the time. A friendly competition with his sister Debbie (also a singer/guitarist) provided a “look what I just learned” leap-frog game of sharing songs and styles, accelerating his knowledge of the instrument, as well as his familiarity with the variety of 60s and 70s pop music.
Other influences would add some spice to his skills. Under the direction of musicologist Peter Griggs he studied East Indian music and performed as a percussionist with the NYC Gamelan. A high school friend, Christopher Thall, was a prodigious talent who demonstrated learning techniques that opened up many avenues to musical approach and understanding. And Richie's fascination with musical instruments led him to acquire abilities on piano and flute, as well as banjo, mandolin and other stringed instruments.
He began performing in rock cover bands in 1976, playing classic rock favorites at parties and high schools and eventually in clubs all around NYC and Long Island. In 1983, he fully dedicated himself to a life of music, leaving his home to join a traveling act. Early in these travels he met keyboardist Tess Smith. The two traveled with the touring band for a number of years, eventually settling in South Florida. In 1990 they were married, and began performing as the duo “Twocan Blue”.
In 2002 Richie was invited to fill the guitar role for “The Fabulous Fleetwood's” the longest running “rockin' blues” band in the region.
In 2008, he was the musical director for the stage re-creation of the concert movie “The Last Waltz”, and also performed in the role of guitarist Robbie Robertson .
Continuing on a busy schedule of performances, he's frequently called on as a solo artist and side man, performing on stages large & small, with local musician friends, as well as many noteworthy artists.
Reserve Seats for this event are subject to a $15 food or beverage minimum (Happy Hour Menu not available during this event). Entire party must arrive no later than 7:30pm or reserved seats will be released
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